I Can't Cope
Riley Raymond seems to be doing fine in life. A Troupe are being successful, winning every competition they enter and her dancing is constantly improving. Her boyfriend, James, couldn't be any more perfect and, even though they argue, she knows her sister, Emily, is there for her.
Though things will never be perfect, and Riley knows that. Even though they happened in the past, some things Riley just can't forget, and they really affect her. She has this unshakeable perception that all guys (apart from James) are awful, that she is undeserving of any kind of compliments and that no one can be trusted. At the same time, Emily is struggling to cope on her own at home, when everyone is out, getting on with their lives, whilst she has to stay at home with her knee injury. But, being the people they are, both Riley and Emily try and keep their struggles to themselves. It's just easier that way.
Then events happen, and everything is made worse. James suspects something is up, but how is he meant to help if Riley won't open up to him?
Will Riley manage to keep her problems hidden or will she be unable to cope?
Fanfiction based on the Canadian show The Next Step. Therefore I don't own these characters!
(Set around the start of season 3)